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CC and Yanks Power Into ALDS

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Game 1: NYY Leads 1-0

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The absence last year didn’t last to long. The Yankees finished this season with the best record in MLB. The expected postseason drought was non-existant in game one. The big offseason gem — C.C. Sabathia — made the start for the Yankees, and he was dominant. He went 6.2 innings, giving up 8 hits, 1 earned run, struck out 8 and walked none. He gave up another run which was unearned. C.C. certainly answered any questions about his sluggish postseason history.
The other question, of course, was Alex Rodriguez. He, too, had many many questions surrounding him, and he, too, answered them. He went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s. When was the last time Alex Rodriguez had 2 RBI’s in a postseason game? 2004 against the Red Sox! I think we may see a different Alex Rodriguez this postseason.

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Jeter also had 2 RBI’s. He was 2 for 2 with 2 walks and 3 runs scored. He also added a big home run two-run home run in the 3rd inning with the Yankees down 2-0.
Swisher got the Yankees ahead for the first and final time in the 4th inning, with an RBI double down the left field line. 
Hughes, Coke, Chamberlain and Rivera all bridged together the final 2.1 innings, with Rivera pitching the ninth. It seemed as though Girardi wanted to just get everyones feet wet in the playoffs, and really wanted to win the game.
Twins starter Duensing was great the first time through the order, but the Yankees got to him and limited him to just 4.2 innings pitched, and knocked him around for 5 runs.
Player of the Game: C.C. Sabathia: W, 6.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, ER, 0 BB, 8 SO
The Wrap-Up: This was a big game for the Yankees. For the last couple of years, the Yankees have just gotten knocked out in the first round. Last night, the Yankees gave themselves a great chance to win this series. A-Rod and C.C. both proved that they will have no troubles in the postseason. That was the only question that needed to be answered, all they need to do now is just play!
Coming Up Next:
Game 2 in New York. It will be Burnett vs Blackburn. New York leads the series 1-0. After this game, the series moves to Minnesota. 
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2009 Yankees Season Awards Ceremony

Here they are, as voted on by you, the fans, your 2009 YANKEES SEASON AWARDS!!!

Derek Jeter

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One of Jeters best years of his career came this year. Highlighted, of course, by his record breaking hit, passing him by Lou Gehrig on the all-time Yankees hits list. Derek is a sure candidate for the AL MVP with 212 hits (2nd in the AL), a .334 batting average (3rd in the AL) and a stellar year at short stop. Congratulations Derek Jeter on your 2009 season award!
Other nominees: Mark Teixeira, C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Johnny Damon

C.C. Sabathia

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After signing a record breaking contract with the Yankees in the 2008 off season, Sabathia has stepped up big for this franchise. Sabathia’s 19 wins rank 1st in the Majors, his 3.37 ERA ranks 4th in the Majors and his 1.15 WHIP ranks 4th in the AL. Sabathia is an overwhelming candidate for the 2009 AL Cy Young award. Congratulations C.C. Sabathia on your 2009 season award!
Other nominees: A.J. Burnett, Andy Pettitte, Joba Chamberlain

A-Rod and Yanks Walk Off In 15 Inning Affair Against BOS

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Possibly one of the best games of 2009 in all of the Major Leagues. A 0-0 game going into the 15th inning against the Red Sox ended with a 2-run, walk off home run by Alex Rodriguez. Of the 15 walk off of the season, this one, I think we can all agree, was the sweetest. The Yankees went on to sweep the Red Sox in that four game set. Congratulations Alex Rodriguez on your 2009 season award!
Other nominees: Luis Castillo drops pop-up, A-Rod returns off DL with home run, Melky walk off against MIN
A.J.’s One Hit Shut Out (6/27 vs NYM)

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As a part of a sweep in the Yankees first trip to Citi Field, A.J. contributed by throwing a 7.0 inning, one hit shut out, while striking out 10 Mets. Congratulations A.J. Burnett on your 2009 season award!
Other nominees: Andy throws 6.2 perfect innings (8/31 vs BAL), A.J. shuts out BOS for 7.2 (8/7 vs BOS), C.C. CG SHO (5/8 vs BAL), C.C. shuts out BOS for 7.2 (8/8 vs BOS)
Robinson Cano

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Cano’s turn around has been a huge part of this Yankee surge. Going from a .271 batting average, 162 hits and 14 home runs
last year to a .320 batting average, 204 hits and 25 home runs this year. His hits rank 3rd in the AL league. Congratulations Robinson Cano on your 2009 season award!
Other nominees: Phil Hughes, Melky Cabrera, Andy Pettitte
Mark Teixeira

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One of the big three in the offseason signings contributed hugely at the plate, but also hugely at first base. His .997 fielding percentage ranks 2nd in the AL. He has made just 4 errors all season. Great plays day in and day out have massively helped this team win 103 games. Congratulations Mark Teixeira on your 2009 season award!
Other nominees: Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano, Melky Cabrera
Eric Hinske

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Making his Yankee debut on July 6th, Hinske has hit .226 for the Yankees with 7 home runs in 39 games. In his first 7 games with the Yankees, Hinkse hit 5 home runs. Hinske offers the Yankees some great, valuable options moving into the post season. Congratulations Eric Hinske on your 2009 season award!
Other nominees: Jerry Hairston Jr., Chad Gaudin, Sergio Mitre
Francisco Cervelli

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When Posada went down, the Yankees didn’t have much options. Cervelli came up to take his place, and the expectations were not that high. A .180 hitter in AA hit .298 for the Yankees this year. His first career home run in Atlanta arguably turned the Yankee season around. Congratulations Francisco Cervelli on your 2009 season Award!
Other nominees: Ramiro Peña, Kevin Cash
Mark Teixeira

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The Yankees were involved in the three biggest deals in the 2008 off season. The biggest was Mark Teixeira. A stellar glove at first won him an award earlier. His offense has him in contention for AL MVP. He leads the league in home runs with 39 and leads the league in RBI’s with 116. Without Teixeira, this team is much different. Congratulations Mark Teixeira on your second 2009 season award!
Other nominees: C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Nick Swisher
Chien-Ming Wang

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After winning 36 games in two years, something bad happened to Wang. In 12 games this season, Wang was 1-6 with a 9.64 ERA and a WH
IP over 2. Perhaps it was his foot injury last year in Houston, but with Wang’s production this year, it’s amazing the Yankees were able to do what they have done. You won an award… but no congratulations.
Other nominees: Jose Veras, Edwar Ramirez, Brian Bruney
Thank you to all of my readers and voters. The regular season coverage is officially over. Time for the playoffs!

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Yanks Shut Out Boston, Win First 2

Magic number to one, Yanks can sweep tomorrow.

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Player of the Game: C.C. Sabathia: W, 7.0 IP, H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 SO
The Wrap-Up:
In C.C’s last 16 starts, he has a 2.57 ERA and has struck out 108 batters. He has just been great for the Yankees and came up huge for them today. The Yankees magic number is now just one. Who would have thought that the Yankees would win a series in LA and come home and have a chance to sweep Boston? Now the Yankees have a legit chance to clinch against Boston. To me, that’s the last goal left in the 2009 regular season.
Coming Up Next:
Like I said, the Yankees will have a chance to sweep Boston, and clinch the division. It’ll be Pettitte vs Byrd. 

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9/19 Yankees vs Mariners Preview

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Yankees Probable Pitcher:

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C.C. Sabathia
#52 LHP
(17-7) 3.42 ERA 213.1 IP 3.07 SO/BB
Last Game: 9/13 vs BAL: W, 7.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 4 BB, SO
Away (Season): (11-5) 3.43 ERA 1.092 WHIP
Vs Mariners (Season): (1-1) 4.61 ERA 1.317 WHIP
Run Support: 5.97 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Mariners):
Most PA: Mike Sweeney (86)
Best BA: Ryan Langerhans (.667, 2 for 3)
Most H: Mike Sweeney (20)
Most HR: Ichiro Suzuki (3)
Notable Stat: Last 9 Starts: 2.48 ERA .216 BAA
Mariners Probable Pitcher:

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#58 LHP
(2-2) 3.53 ERA 43.1 IP 2.17 SO/BB
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Last Game: 9/13 @ TEX: L, 4.2 IP, 10 H, 5 R, BB, SO, 2 HR
Home (Season): (2-1) 2.96 ERA 1.024 WHIP
Vs. Yankees (Season): (1-0) 3.86 ERA 1.143 WHIP
Run Support: 3.43 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitter (Yankees):
Most PA: Johnny Damon, Derek Jeter (4)
Best BA: Robinson Cano (1.000, 1 for 1)
Most H: Derek Jeter (3)
Most HR: Nick Swisher (1)


Keys to the Game:

  1. Stack the Righties: This season, righties are hitting .314 against Fister, as opposed to .206 for lefties.
  2. Swing Early: On the first pitch this season, opposing batters are hitting .333 off Fister.
  3. Take Advantage Early: The first time batters face Fister in a game, they are batting .311, the second time they are batting .233, and the third time .182, so it’s important to hit Fister early.


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9/13 Orioles vs. Yankees Preview

O’s (58-83) go for sweep, Yanks (91-52) try to get back on winning track.

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Orioles Probable Pitcher:

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#46 RHP
(10-13) 4.96 ERA 167.0 IP 95 SO 1.365 WHIP
Last Game: 9/6 vs. TEX: W, 7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, BB, 6 SO
Away (Season): (5-6) 5.21 ERA
Vs. Yankees (Season): 4 GS (1-3) 4.68 ERA
Team Record in Starts: 11-17
Run Support: 4.55 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Yankees):
Most PA: Derek Jeter (33)
Best BA: Nick Swisher (.500, 8 for 16)
Most H: Melky Cabrera (9)
Most HR: Erik Hinske, Nick Swisher (2)
Yankees Probable Pitcher:

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C.C. Sabathia
#52 LHP
(16-7) 3.40 ERA 206.1 IP 177 SO 1.129 WHIP
Last Game: 9/7 vs. TB: ND, 7.0 IP, 3 H, R, 4 BB, 10 SO, HR
Home (Season): (5-2) 3.36 ERA
Vs. Orioles (Season): 4 GS (3-1) 2.63 ERA
Team Record in Starts: 19-11
Run Support: 5.71 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Orioles):
Most PA: Melvin Mora (34)
Best BA: Felix Pie (.667, 2 for 3)
Most H: Brian Roberts (7)
Most HR: Melvin Mora, Ty Wigginton (1)
Notable Stat: Last 8 Starts: (6-0) 2.31 ERA 58.1 IP 68 SO
Keys to the Game:
  1. Hit Early: In the first inning, Guthries opponents are hitting .316 off him.
  2. Think RF Lefties: When Lefties pull the ball off Guthrie, they are hitting .507, when they go to the opposite field, they are hitting just .186.
  3. Be Patient and Get to the ‘Pen: Guthries ERA in his last 2 starts is 1.38, Baltimores bullpen has a 6.75 ERA this month. 
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Who will start Game 2 for the Yankees in the Playoffs?
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9/7 Rays vs. Yankees Preview (Game 1)

A.J. and C.C. battle tomorrow in twin bill against Rays at home.

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Rays @ Yankees
1:05 pm ET (1), 7:05 pm ET (2)

Rays Probable Pitcher:

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#22 RHP
(7-9) 4.01 ERA 170.2 IP 152 SO 1.260 WHIP
Last Game: 9/2 vs. BOS: ND, 6.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 3 SO, HBP
Away (Season): (3-5) 4.89 ERA 
Vs. Yankees (Season): 3 GS (0-1) 2.84 ERA 
Team Record in Starts: 14-13
Run Support: 4.16 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Yankees):
Most PA: Derek Jeter (23)
Best BA: Nick Swisher (.571, 4 for 7)
Most H: Derek Jeter (7)
Most HR: Nick Swisher (2)


Yankees Probable Pitcher:

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C.C. Sabathia
#52 LHP
(16-7) 3.84 ERA 199.1 IP 167 SO 1.134 WHIP
Last Game: 9/2 @ BAL: W, 7.0 IP, 7 H, R, BB, 9 SO
Home (Season): (5-2) 3.54 ERA 
Vs. Rays (Season): 2 GS (0-1) 5.93 
Team Record in Starts: 18-11
Run Support: 5.75 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Rays):
Most PA: Jason Bartlett (35)
Best BA: Ben Zobrist (.500, 4 for 8)
Most H: Jason Bartlett (10)
Most HR: Carlos Peña, B.J. Upton (2)

Keys to the Game:
  1. Keep Lefties Out: Opposing lefties are hitting just .192 off Garza. 
  2. Don’t Fall Behind: Garza has held opposing hitters to just a .168 BA with two strikes.
  3. Swing Early: On the first pitch, opposing hitters are hitting .357 off Garza.
  4. Take Advantage: With RISP, Garza has held hitters to a .214 BA. So, if your the Yankees, you need to get those runs in because your not going to get many opportunities.
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Yanks Bats Back Dominant CC

Big top half of the ninth blows game open.

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Another win. Another sweep. Thats six in a row for the Yanks. Their second sweep in a row. I’m going to need a new broom. CC was the starter for the Yanks tonight. He was a bit shaky in the first two innings, but turned it on. He finished the night going seven innings, giving up one run on seven hits and striking out nine. 
Both teams scored early. Markakis had a sac-fly in the first and Hinske had another solo homer for the Yanks in the third. Both teams were shut down until the seventh, when A-Rod came through with a big two-run single to make it 3-1 Yanks. Bruney came in and was horrible again. He gave up a line-out and a homer to make it 3-2. Coke and Hughes finished the inning.
Then it was the ninth. Jeter led off the inning with a walk. A-Rod had another two-run single to make it 5-2 Yanks. The Bombers went on to score five more runs in the inning, to make it a massive 10-2 lead. 
Hughes came back out for the ninth and struck out the side. 
Player of the Game: C.C. Sabathia: W, 7.0 IP, 7 H, ER, BB, 9 SO, 0 HR
The Wrap-Up:
Sabathia got his MLB leading 16th win of the season tonight. The Yanks are 37 games over .500, yet another high water mark. The Red Sox finally lost, so the Yankees are now 7.5 ahead in the East. It’s starting to smell a little comfortable in here. The Bombers have won six in a row.
Coming Up Next:
The Yanks fly north of the border to Toronto tonight. In the first of four, it’ll be Gaudin against Romero.

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